I know I have been MIA lately, and I am sorry for that. I have had so much going on and it all came to a head when I found out that I have to have a hysterectomy April 1st. I am not nervous about the surgery... I am actually looking forward to an end to all of the problems that have been plaguing me for years. What I am nervous about is the recovery.
My husband will be taking 3 days off of work. he would take more, but my mom will be here to help me. My mom and step dad were planning to come March 21 for a visit and once they found out I have to have surgery extended their trip until April 15. It is nice that they will be here for a week before - we can do all of the fun stuff we had planned to do, and my mom can go with me to my pre-op stuff. It will be a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE help that they are here for 2 weeks after.
Of course, food is an issue. My mom is an amazing cook, but she cooks like Paula Deen. "Let's have some butter with our mayo with our bacon fat!" type cooking. Two weeks of that will kill me. (Although, from what I have read, my tummy issues may go away after the surgery. **Fingers Crossed**) I am going to have to rely on everyone for everything (helping me stand up, bringing me food, walking with me, etc.) so I don't want them to have to worry about meals, too. I am afraid of becoming a burden.
To help solve the problem, I am making ahead some meals for the post-op freezer.
I was told it would be a minimum of 6 weeks before I could cook, so I am aiming for at least 5 of each meal. (My family doesn't care if they eat the same thing every week for a few weeks.)
So far, I have:
8 meals of pulled pork -
A huge package of pork butt from Sam's club. Only $23 for the whole thing! I used Tyler Florence's rub recipe
and will premake and freeze eight sauce packet. (I didn't want to freeze the meat and sauce together, because Marty said that while it was defrosting the meat would break down and possibly get soggy.) The sauce is super simple... Mix ketchup, honey and Worcestershire sauce to taste. (Usually 1 cup, 1/4 cup and 1-2 teaspoons.) I know I will be asked to pack up and move away from Mississippi for saying this
but we like sweet bbq sauce over vinegar sauce.
5 meals of taco meat -
90/10 ground meat from Sams, browned, rinsed and mixed with taco seasoning. Just add shredded romaine, shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and diced tomatoes and I will be happy. The boys like their taco salad with tortilla chips, but I never bother.
6 meals of turkey pot pie filling
- The turkey was roasted today and it will be made in to pot pie filling tomorrow. Just defrost, toss in to a pan and add drop biscuits on top. Yum!
I plan to make:
Grilled chicken breasts -
Sam's will mark some of their breasts down soon, and I will grab a few packs. (Each pack is *I think* 16 breasts.) I will season and grill all of them and then slice some for salads, quesidillas etc. and leave some whole for bbq chicken sandwiches, etc.
Valeria's sauce -
Valeria is a friend of ours (Italian but living in Germany) who showed me hoe to make the easiest, best tasting sauce you will ever have! In fact, it is the only sauce two of my boys will eat. Here
it is with meat and here
it is without. Either way, it is good!
I will just buy the preformed fresh burgers from sam's and FoodSaver them. We don't like frozen burgers (too much fat and a weird taste and texture) but these freeze well. Add some beef gravy and you have Salisbury steak, one of my step dad's favorites.
Greek Chicken -
Toss in a pita with some shredded romaine and tzatziki and I am a happy camper!
So far, that is all. I will let you know what else I make! If you have any suggestions for meals that freeze well, I would love to hear them!